This lovely hand painted tazza, comport or compote is from Carl Thieme's Saxony Porcelain Factory in Potschappel Germany.
The design is "Dresden Flowers" and very similar to the Schumann Dresden Flowers "Chateau" and "Empress" patterns....but this one is all hand painted.
The pierced rim, scalloped edge blank is bright white and is beautifully and artfully decorated botanical clusters. The "plate" and base are additionally enhanced with real gold trim....also hand painted.
The mark shows them to have come from the Carl Thieme Saxony Porcelain Factory in Dresden, Germany. The blue script "PS" is evidence that these pieces were made in the early 1900's. Although he'd been a successful antique dealer his love of porcelain lead him to establish his decorating studio in 1860 where they painted white porcelain blanks. By 1872 his company began to produce its own porcelain. Thieme decorated in the well-love patterns of Meissen, Sevres and Vienna. He employed experienced artisans who were especially skilled in the area of porcelain painting. Realistic florals and botanicals from the old masters were closely copied from arrangements in books and from Meissen. His pieces are excessively Rococo Revival styled and elaborately decorated. They display individually painted botanical florals and meticulously hand applied gold embellishments.
The hand painted florals are permanently fused (the paints are coloured glass and melted in the kiln) onto these plates, saucers, cups, etc. This form of decorative art requires practice, skill, diligence and experience. The absorbent surface has to be painted with great skill because a wrong stroke of the brush is difficult to correct. The paint represents a liquid paste that has been thinned with water and a syrup-like agent until it becomes the correct consistency for the artist's brush.
As the finishing touch, the gold painter decorated the porcelain pieces with paint made from precious metals. The paint used was liquid polishing gold that emerged from the firing with a dull sheen which then required polishing.
Please look at the pictures of the column. The artist's gold brush slipped and left several "threads" of gold. It is undetectable when looking down (like at a table) or if you turn it to the rear on a shelf. The artist also painted a gold rose over a manufacturer's flaw on the underside of the plate. (See picture).
8 1/2" x 5 3/8" (21.5 x 13.7 cm)
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